98 Point Vintage Vinous Media: 2016 IL Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva
Today, we're thrilled to share another exquisite wine from one of our all-time favorite Chianti producers, Il Molino di Grace.
You see, every time we taste the wines from Il Molino di Grace, we are left wanting more. We're head over heels for this winery, and who wouldn't be? It's the complete package: amazing taste, a stellar reputation, top-notch expertise, and a dreamy location. Just to give you a taste of its awesomeness, the estate is just a 4-minute walk from the iconic Fontodi, where bottles can go for a crazy price of even $200/bottle depending on the vintage.
Let's delve into an interesting comparison:
In 2016, the Fontodi Chianti Classico (not the Riserva) received an impressive 95-point rating and is typically priced at approximately $100 per bottle.
Now, consider the 2016 IL Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva, which not only earned a 95-point rating but also garnered additional 90+ scores. At an enticing BHW price of under $32, it may not carry the same name recognition, but it unquestionably delivers on quality.
Now, let's be clear, Fontodi is undeniably iconic, but so is Il Molino di Grace. And, if you're in the market for a wine that packs a value-driven punch, the 2016 IL Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva is your go-to choice. Our advise? Secure a case!
The estate was founded by Frank Grace in the 1990s, the vision behind Il Molino Di Grace was crystal clear: to capture the essence of the rocky terroir and the luscious Sangiovese grapes that the Chianti hills hold close to their heart.
IL Molino Di Grace's Chianti Classico Riserva isn't just wine; it's a passport to Italy's culinary magic. With a stellar 95-point rating from Wine Spectator, it's "suave," blending vanilla and toasty oak with ripe black cherry and plum. Decanter adores the 2016 vintage, labeling it "simply lovely" with lively aromas of sweet herbs, coffee, raspberry, and violets. Vinous awards it 93 points, praising its layers of black cherry, plum, spice, lavender, menthol, and licorice. James Suckling finds it "very pretty" with violets, hazelnuts, and blackcurrants, scoring it 92 points. Sip this Chianti Classico Riserva, and you're instantly transported to an Italian trattoria, with the scent of fresh pasta and sun-ripened tomatoes in the air.